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Four Chosen as USPROC Winners

1 January 2010 2,341 views No Comment

Front row: Nicolas Christou (UCLA), Victor Louie (UCLA), Ralph Turner (University of the Sciences in Philadelphia), Carl Lee (Central Michigan University), and Chee Lee (St. Olaf College); Back row: David Zes (UCLA), Kinjal Basu (Indian Statistical Institute), Sujayam Saha (Indian Statistical Institute), Gerald Haun (University of the Sciences in Philadelphia), and Dennis Pearl (The Ohio State University)

    Sixteen judges helped select the winning projects for 2009. At the initial screening stage, each project was judged by five judges. Based on the scores from those judges, 12 projects were selected for scoring by all 16 judges to produce the final winning projects. The 2009 committee members* and judges include the following:

      Kahadawala Cooray, Central Michigan University

        Phyllis Curtiss, Grand Valley State University

          John Daniels, Central Michigan University

            Felix Famoye*, Central Michigan University

              Daniel Frobish, Grand Valley State University

                Tisha Hooks, Winona State University

                  John Holcomb*, Cleveland State University

                    Soon Hong, Grand Valley State University

                      Jennifer Kaplan, Michigan State University

                        Carl Lee*, Central Michigan University (chair)

                          Christopher Malone*, Winona State University

                            James Mentele, Central Michigan University Research Corporation

                              Tim Rey, Dow Chemical Company

                                Gerald Shoultz, Grand Valley State University

                                  Nathan Tintle*, Hope College

                                    Jeff Witmer*, Oberlin College

                                    Four winning and four honorable mention projects were selected for the 2009 Undergraduate Statistics Project Competition (USPROC), sponsored by the Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education (CAUSE). The top four winners and their project advisers were invited to the award ceremony and asked to present their winning projects at the 2009 U.S. Conference on Teaching Statistics (USCOTS). The awards for the winning projects included a cash prize and plaque. The winning students’ departments also received a plaque.

                                    The 2009 USPROC winners include the following:

                                    First Place
                                    Gerald Haun and Adrienne Gallo, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, for “Hierarchical Linear Modeling of the Effects of Self-Reflection Strategies on Mood”
                                    Faculty Sponsor: Ralph M. Turner

                                    Second Place
                                    Chee Lee, St. Olaf College, for “Random Forest to Predict a Complete Operon Map of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis Genome”
                                    Faculty Sponsor: Paul Roback

                                    Third Place
                                    Kinjal Basu and Sujayam Saha, Indian Statistical Institute, for “Estimation of Allele Frequencies from Quantitative Trait Data”
                                    Faculty Sponsors: Saurabh Ghosh and Anil Kr.Ghosh

                                    Fourth Place
                                    Victor Louie and Maykel Vosoughiazad, University of California, Los Angeles, for “Recent Trends in Methane: A Spacio-Temporal Analysis”
                                    Faculty Sponsors: Nicolas Christou and Dave Zes

                                    The purpose of USPROC is to encourage the development of data analysis skills, enhance presentation skills, and recognize outstanding work by undergraduate statistics students. USPROC is a biennial competition open to any undergraduate student globally. Project topics must involve statistical applications using data. The criteria for project evaluation include appropriateness of data collection, data analysis and conclusion, clarity of presentation, and originality and importance of the topics.

                                    The USPROC committee is planning for the 2011 competition. Click here for more information.

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